Somerville Open Studios is a Citywide event. Getting around the city is key to enjoying the breadth and variety of art. Happily, there are a lot of ways to do that!
Getting to and around Somerville
by Car: Visitors arriving by car, enjoy a leisurely weekend: park your car once and leave it parked. If you live in Somerville, Hello, Neighbor! We recommend leaving your car at home and enjoying your hometown streets.
Resident-only parking restrictions are lifted during SOS hours, including the Friday preview. Parking on side streets is still limited. Never block hydrants or driveways. Remember: all meters are in effect on Saturday, and some are also in effect on Friday evening. Only use handicap spaces if you have an appropriate tag. Thank you, Mayor Curtatone and the City of Somerville for the parking consideration!
The City and Tufts University have donated FREE PARKING in five large school lots. The FREE TROLLEY will loop past or near all of these lots. (see below)
So "pahk yah cah" once, and enjoy the compact tree-lined streets of Somerville.
by MBTA: Arrive in Somerville by T to Porter or Davis (Red Line) or Sullivan (Orange Line), then connect to a cross town bus or the nearby free SOS trolley. MBTA buses also run on Highland Ave, Broadway, other major roads, and throughout Somerville. Routes 80, 83, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 94, 95, 96, and 101 may be of use. In addition, bus routes 85 and CT2 run on Friday evening only. Details at mbta.com .
To arrive directly at the Artists Choice show at the Somerville Museum, enter the address
1 Westwood Road, Somerville, MA into the MBTA.com trip planner .
by Bicycle: Riding between artist sites is a fantastic way to get around, but if you want to park your bike and walk, look for large bike corrals in most business districts. Remember: Look up! Never lock up to a handicap parking sign. Your bike may block a disabled person from getting to the curb.
by Free SOS Trolley (Sat+Sun): Check your SOS mapbook or our online map or printable map for the Trolley Stops, and watch for the Old Town Trolleys with the SOS banners. Free clockwise loop-circuit around the city, making these stops:
- Joy St at Poplar St, near Joy Street Studios and Brickbottom
- Windsor Street
- Union Square
- Washington Street Art Center, 321 Washington St
- Dane St at Tyler St, near Artisan's Asylum
- Central St at Avon St, near Somerville Museum (SOS Artist's Choice show) and Central Street Studios
- Arts at the Armory (SOS Community Space)
- 261 Highland Ave, a block east of Cedar St
- Highland Ave. at Willow Ave
- Davis Square, at Tufts shuttle-bus stop across from Somerville Theatre
- Holland St opposite Cameron Ave, in front of TAB Building parking lot
- Powder House Blvd and Curtis St, across from Nave Gallery, near West Somerville Neighborhood School parking lot
- Powder House Park
- Ball Square - Broadway at Josephine Ave
- Magoun Square - Broadway at Hinckley St
- Winter Hill - Broadway at Central St
- Central and Pembroke streets, across from Vernon Street Studios
- Gilman Square - Pearl St at Bradley St, near Mad Oyster Studios and Pearl Street Studios
- Broadway at Franklin St, across from Mudflat Pottery School
Mix it up! At just over 3 miles long, the City of Somerville is remarkably walkable. Walk to a studio, catch a Trolley up hill to the next, and pick up a bike share to ride the flat or coast down to the next station.
Plan your visit in advance, plot a course, and leave room for serendipity!
Free Parking Lots available for use during SOS (Sat-Sun):
- West Somerville Neighborhood Schoollot on Raymond Ave, 100 yards from Curtis St. [map]
- Tufts Administration Building lot, 169 Holland Street [map]
- John F Kennedy Schoolintersection of Elm and Cherry St. [map]
- City Hall / Somerville High School93 Highland Ave: along City Hall concourse, high school [map]
- Arthur D. Healey School5 Meacham St. at end of street behind the school [map]